China reduces COVID-19 case number reporting as virus surges


              Security guards patrol past workers installing lights on trees for the upcoming New Year festive season at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Masked workers install lights on a tree for the upcoming New Year festive season at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A family members wearing face masks takes souvenir pictures with a child posing near the bull sculptures titled "Five Bulls Gathering Fortune" on display at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Residents walk by a masked man who registers to get his routine COVID-19 throat swab near barricades laying around a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased antivirus measures after daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A resident leaves a pharmacy after failing to purchase medicine in preparation for a possible wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased antivirus measures after daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A resident has his COVID-19 throat swabbed at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased antivirus measures after daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A security officer guards a post in a quiet Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              People wearing face masks walk through a quiet Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A masked worker on a ladder cleans a dusty lantern outside a steamboat restaurant at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. China's National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased anti-virus measures and daily cases hit record highs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China reduces COVID-19 case number reporting as virus surges